Gariwo: the gardens of the Righteous

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Dialogue and Reconciliation

Let us grow a Righteous forest

On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Gariwo and the Young Muslims of Italy, together with Sumaya Abdel Qader, organized a visit to the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide of Milan, Sunday the 29th of January 2017.


A tree for Etty Hillesum

A few weeks ago I learned that on next 6 March, between the five trees to be planted in Milan in honour of five Righteous in history, one will be dedicated to Etty Hillesum.


My dream at the Synagogue of Milan

Editorial by Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo chairman

I have always nurtured a small dream: seeing in such an important place for Jewish life and memory a sign of recognition for the suffering endured by other peoples and human beings. Also


​The Righteous of our times

Editorial by Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo chairman

At Gariwo’s seminar, thanks to the important contributions by such philosophers as Salvatore Natoli, Sante Maletta, Francesca Nodari, writers as Francesco Cataluccio, Shady Hamadi, Hafez Haidar, and journalists as Serena Natale and


The words of Akram Aylisli

Akram Aylisli is an Azeri writer. In 2013 he published a book about the relationship of his people with the Armenian one. Expected to present his book Stone dreams, now published in Italian, as well, last week in Venice, he was stopped by the Azeri authorities at the airport of Baku. Here are his words. 


When art transmits memory

Francine Mayran, painter, ceramist and psychiatrist from Strasbourg, "born after World War II", expert at the Council of Europe, created portraits of the Righteous in the Holocaust and other genocide cases. In her opinion, all rivalry should be rejected in the name of a shared transmission of memory against indifference. 


Dialogue and reconciliation

it is the Righteous, rather than the victims or the persecutors. to speak to the future generations

In the torn social fabric of a country where a genocide case or other crimes against the humankind have occurred, it is very difficult, even after many years, to resume a kind of dialogue to re-establish relationships and rebuild civil coexistence between the victims - including survivors or their relatives, refugees and their heirs - and the persecutors, accomplices or passive bystanders. To this we should add the role of the State, its officials and government members, who often try to deny what occurred and refuse taking up the - however apparent - responsibilities of the massacres. Only the reaction and heeding ability of those who have not bowed their heads to the uniformation of behaviour within the group of the persecutors and have refused to conform to a conduct which conscience cannot approve, can allow people to resume a kind of communication which is able to combine the need for truth and the assumption of responsibility with an opening to future hope and a shared project-making. The Righteous are the only ones who have what it takes to do that.

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Pietro Kuciukian's words

supporting the call "We make a dream, together"

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Taner Akcam

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